John Stone | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

John Stone

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Question 1: 

Internet service -Many in our county live in rural communities that have inconsistent internet access. The lack of internet accessibility makes it harder for folks to access information from local government, needed services, conducting personal businesses, and serves to isolate folks from the broader community. What can the fiscal court do to better internet access for rural residents?

AT&T has already begun a project to provide high speed fixed wireless internet off Porter Road in Sadieville. That is a wonderful start, but there are other things to consider. Will it be affordable? How many of our residents will it be available to? Options are very limited and more expensive when you live out in the county. These are things I believe that can be addressed and work forward from there.

Question 2: 

Landfill -Currently, the Central Kentucky Landfill is located near Sadiveville. Residents have had concerns about overcrowded narrow roads, creating dangerous driving situations in the surrounding community. There have been several accidents involving vehicles delivering trash, and residents living nearby have raised questions regarding serious quality of life concerns. In addition to this, the company maintaining the landfill is seeking to expand its size. What steps can and should the fiscal court take to assuage residents concerns?

I'm against our landfill wanting to expand to accept waste from other states just so they can have a higher profit margin. As far as the roads go, U.S. 25 needs to be widened, turning lanes and a caution light need to be constructed at the intersection of Double Culvert Road and U.S. 25. Quality of life concerns can be as simple as training our employees to taking frequent  ground water samples and measuring particulate matter along haul roads and Double Culvert road as well.

Question 3: 

Fairness -Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Nine cities in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often to referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. Regionally this has included cities such as Frankfort, Lexington, and Midway. Do you support a fairness ordinance in Scott County to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

Yes, I support a Fairness Ordinance. This is the 21st century. No one should be discriminated against for any reason. As fast as our community is growing, it needs to be addressed and an Ordinance put in place.

Question 4: 

Health, Stability, etc. including Housing -What steps will you take to encourage and ensure health, stability, and well-being for low income residents of Georgetown, especially when it comes to affordable housing?

`For low income families or individuals,it is important that  housing and basic needs be met first. Once in stable housing is established, other obstacles can be addressed such as behavioral issues and substance abuse. I would like to see Scott County assess homelessness as well.

Question 5: 

Revenue for Infrastructure Needs -As Scott County continues to grow we will need to fund new infrastructure needs for our county. In addition, much of our older infrastructure is about to be scheduled for needed maintenance. What are your strategies for finding needed revenue for both recurring and new infrastructure needs?

The county gets the majority of its revenue from net profit and payroll taxes. Therefore, the more businesses we can attract to our community, the more revenue we'll have for infrastructure needs as well as capital expenses. I believe our current and past members of the Fiscal Court have done an excellent job with our infrastructure. I have built highways all over the state of Kentucky, I can assure you that we have some of the safest and well maintained county roads in Kentucky.

Question 6: 

Spindletop Water Concerns -Last year it was discovered that a sewage spill contaminated the water of the roughly 1500 person community of Georgetown Mobile Estates, formerly known as the separate communities of Ponderosa and Spindletop. What will you do to help make sure that all residents have adequate and safe water?

There is a lot that can be done to assure the residents of this county that a tragedy like this doesn't happen again. The county needs its own Environmental inspectors. Our county is growing rapidly and everyday the need for accountability from our businesses grows as well.